Cliffs Pavilion revamp approved

Plans for multi-million revamp of the Cliffs Pavilion have been approved.

Development control councillors today gave their full backing to the plan for a single storey side and front extension on the site of an existing sunken terrace of the theatre in Station Road, Westcliff, which will more than double its current capacity.

This will form a new restaurant which will seat 194 people inside and 40 outside. The existing 100 seat first-floor restaurant will be converted to a theatre bar area.

Despite some concerns over an increase in visitors putting a strain on parking capacity which will only increase by four spaces, there were no major concerns raised over the scheme.

Kevin Buck, Conservative councillor for Prittlewell ward, said: “As a regular user of the Cliffs I really enjoy the venue. I think this is going to be good for the venue. The railway station is only 500metres away from the Cliffs Pavilion so I think it’s already well served by public transport and we’ve got Shorefield Road car park there as well so over all I am very happy with the application and very happy to support it.”

Funds for the scheme will come from the council’s successful bid for £20million from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund. This is intended for the “visitor economy” and includes improvements to Leigh Port.

Christine Sexton

Local Democracy Reporter